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ImageGwen
Mar 1, 2010 1:00 PM CST
Name: Gwen
Langley WA
Hi! I'm Gwen and I live in Washington State. I'm on Whidbey Island, about 35 miles northwest of Seattle. We're zone 7.

I've been married for 23 years and we have 3 sons, 2 dogs, a cat and 7 chickens. I've been gardening for a long long time, so long that one would think I should be quite good at it by now. Sadly, this is not the case. :(

I'm a Master Gardener (just means I volunteer a lot) and a member of NPA (Northwest Perennial Alliance), NHS (Northwest Horticultural Society), Greenbank Garden Club, and South Whidbey Garden Club.

My hobbies are reading, movies, cooking and entertaining, and, of course, gardening!
Imagevalleylynn
Mar 1, 2010 1:00 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Your a good guesser!! Not sure if that's a word. : ) It's one of my Lewisia. They tend to grow like weeds here (not an agressive weed however).
I have two Rat Terriers. I did have a Border Collie that was an awesome therapy dog. Here are two links in the Pet Cubit where they are posted. http://cubits.org/pets/thread/view/3286/ http://cubits.org/pets/thread/view/3431/
If you sign up for one of the schools in your area they will help you overcome the issues you are having. It is surprising how quickly that can be done with most problems. I bet both of yours would do great with proper training.
ImageGwen
Mar 1, 2010 1:00 PM CST
Name: Gwen
Langley WA
Oh, they are very sweet!

Believe me, we've done training. Especially with Kenzie. She went to multiple training classes beginning as soon as we brought her home at 8 weeks. She was even trained by someone who trains police dogs. She just isn't the right personality. To turn her into that would have broken her spirit I think.

Buddy probably could benefit from more training. The place I took him to was not good at all. Living on an island means we have limited resources available to us. I did take him into town but that's expensive and time consuming....ferry lines, ferry fees, gas, etc. Then to have it turn out to not be a great training course was disappointing.

Buddy is my son's dog. Of course, the son does next to nothing with him. But I am hoping he'll take the dog after he's through with college. Since he's only a senior in high school, that will be a few years yet.
Imagevalleylynn
Mar 1, 2010 1:00 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
How old is Kenzie and what do you feed her? I know that sounds like a dumb question, but it can make a difference. Especially the food.
We used to live in Big Valley just outside Poulsbo. We had an old Homestead farm. Those were the days. : )
ImageGwen
Mar 1, 2010 1:00 PM CST
Name: Gwen
Langley WA
Kenzie is 8. Buddy is 2. Both are fed a bones and raw food diet.

Kenzie now has two bad back legs. She had torn CCLs and both back legs were operated on. In her left leg especially, osteoarthritis had set in and could not be 'cured' by the surgery that repaired her CCL. Not that that has anything to do with her food obsession. But it means that she doesn't get a lot of exercise and being so obsessed with food, in order to keep her weight down to save those back legs, she is always hungry. I think all labs are always hungry. She is still overweight but she's also very barrel-chested because she puts a lot of her weight on her front legs and so her chest area has become very muscular. They operated on her better leg first. I don't know why. At that point, she could not put any weight at all on her back leg. So when we brought her home from that first surgery, and she went out to go to the bathroom, she actually balanced completely on her two front legs to go. It was pretty pitiful!

Someday perhaps I'll have a therapy dog. I'm probably too busy for it right now anyway. I think it's a fabulous program!
ImagePixydish
Mar 1, 2010 1:00 PM CST
Lakewood, WA, USA
I found you! I just didn't scroll down enough. Do I have to have a photo? Guess I can use my Wife/gardener/diesel mechanic photo.

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ImageRarejem
Mar 1, 2010 1:00 PM CST
Name: Julie Gair
South Prairie, Washington
So Gwen is on the ball and I missed it! Yeah for the PNW cubit!

I'm Julie and live in South Prairie, Washington. I live with my husband of 15 years and a bunch of fur babies in what I like to call my little paradise in the woods. I run an autobody repair shop to pay the bills, but spend most of my free time with my hands in the dirt.

Hobbies include anything that involves the out of doors.... gardening, hiking, camping, off road motorspots of many varieties... basically anything outside. If I am stuck inside, I enjoy reading and cooking.

This is the view of a winter sunrise from my little piece of paradise.

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You don't stop playing because you grow old... you grow old because you stop playing!
ImageRarejem
Mar 1, 2010 1:00 PM CST
Name: Julie Gair
South Prairie, Washington
Pixy, I totally love "woman of many faces" photo!
You don't stop playing because you grow old... you grow old because you stop playing!
Imageportland1
Mar 1, 2010 1:00 PM CST
Name: Judi Darin
Portland, Oregon
Newbee
I'm Judi and I live in Portland, Oregon, where I play in my little city garden.

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"Give me again o nature your primal sanities."
Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman
ImageLynnWeidman
Mar 1, 2010 1:00 PM CST
Name: Lynn Weidman/ Phillips
Buckley, WA 7b
NOTE: new married name, still me
Hi there everyone!

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ImageGwen
Mar 1, 2010 1:00 PM CST
Name: Gwen
Langley WA
Lynn, LOL at your choice of photos...
Imagevalleylynn
Mar 1, 2010 1:00 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Julie, that is a beautiful Winter Sunrise.
ImageRarejem
Mar 1, 2010 1:00 PM CST
Name: Julie Gair
South Prairie, Washington
Valleylynn, I did not give you a proper hello last night, and I appologize! I just popped in to see what was new at cubits and realized that Gwen had gone live! I had to at least post something, but it was after my bedtime (way after) so I wasn't all there. It's great to have you with us!

Judi, glad to see you here too! It is really cool to see pics of your garden, it is just lovely. I though about you today when I drove a customer home to one of the only old, established areas in Federal Way. I was drooling over the 30 year old plantings, and imagined that that is just what your neighborhood must look like.

Lynn, that photo is awesome for the intro thread! It shows the true spirit of the PNW! Great to know that you are here! Thumbs up
You don't stop playing because you grow old... you grow old because you stop playing!
Imagevalleylynn
Mar 1, 2010 1:00 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Thanks for the warm welcome Julie. That sunset took my breath away.
Judi we aren't to far from each other. There are a couple of us in Dallas. One of them is going to be at the Home & Garden Show in Portland tomorrow. If you get a chance stop at the Dancing Oaks display and say hellow to Diana. She would love that.
That is quite a hat Lynn. : )
ImagePatti1957
Mar 1, 2010 1:00 PM CST
Name: Patti
Eagle Point, OR
Hi, I am Patti and I live in Southern Oregon. Married with 2 grown daughters and 4 grandkids. Have a dog and several cats, 36 hens, 3 roosters and 14 ducks. Love to garden and I learn something new about it everyday. Good to meet you all.
ImagePixydish
Mar 1, 2010 1:00 PM CST
Lakewood, WA, USA
Hi Patti! What a beautiful beach scene! It almost looks warm and inviting! I would love to have chickens, except that I don't want more animals to care for! I already have a hard enough time leaving the house with all the gardens. I fear that if I had chickens on top of the dogs, cats, and koi, I would never get out of dodge. Still, I would love to have some.

Lynn, great photo! Julie, I wonder what happened with my photo! It needs to be resized, I think. Hi, Judi!
Imageportland1
Mar 1, 2010 1:00 PM CST
Name: Judi Darin
Portland, Oregon
Newbee
Valleylynn unfortunately I won't be able to get to the Home and Garden show today. But hello to you! It's nice to see some fellow Oregonians here!

Hi Pix! Hi Rarejem!

I am thinking about getting chickens after I save my pennies to turn my very old 1905 garage (doesn't fit a car!) into a GH/shed and small chicken coop. If I go out of town my daughter can care for the chickens, and my dog, and my two cats, and my garden.......

Patti aren't grandkids fun!
"Give me again o nature your primal sanities."
Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman
ImagePatti1957
Mar 1, 2010 1:00 PM CST
Name: Patti
Eagle Point, OR
Hi Pixydish! The chickens are a pain at times but I do love them. The fresh eggs are so good! That beach scene is warm and inviting. It is Baldwin Beach taken last Oct. in Maui.

Hi portland1! Grandkids are the best. How many do you have? My daughters take care of things around here when we travel. They get free eggs and produce and they seem to think it's a fair trade.

I was born and raised in Oregon as was my mother and her mother. My grandmother was born in Dallas and my mom in Goshen. I was born in Sutherlin. Love Oregon!

Patti
Imagevalleylynn
Mar 1, 2010 1:00 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Patti, you have ties to Dallas. That's where I live. : ) Do you ever come to Dallas?
Yes, grandkids are wonderful. Problem is most of mine are scattered around the world. I do have one here in Dallas, and one in Salem with a great granddaughter. : )
ImageGwen
Mar 1, 2010 1:00 PM CST
Name: Gwen
Langley WA
I adore my chickens and fresh eggs. I get such a kick out of going out and collecting the eggs. The chickens are funny little creatures and are quite entertaining. If you get the right set-up, they're a lot less work than you'd think. They can be left alone for a few days. But it's funny how the neighbors don't mind coming to check on them/take care of them when they get to collect the free organic eggs while you're gone!
Big Grin

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